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Meet our Team...

Claire Falcus - Musical Director

I manage the bands music and performance as well as leading the various projects the charity operates. I have been playing and teaching pan from a very young age in various schools and organisations across the region.  

Jenny Chan - Assistant Musical Director

I co manage the bands music as well as tutoring many of our participants. I started playing the steelpan 11 years ago and since then my love for music has developed. I love sharing my enthusiasm for pan with both children and adults.  

Laura Hall - Charity Secretary

I co-ordinate the day to day management of the charity and its activities as well as acting as the charity secretary. I have played pan since the beginning of steelpan at Northburn in 2008 and and have found my home on the triple guitar pan!

Gillian Purvis - Charity Treasurer

I have been involved with the charity as a parent since 2008 when my daughter, Sophie, started taking lessons.. I was so hooked I started playing myself in 2010 and I regular perform with the band. I work as a school admin and finance officer and I am the charity treasurer. I really enjoy playing the wide variety of music that we learn alongside some very talented musicians.

Sophie Purvis - Steelpan and Percussion Tutor

I joined the band in 2008 and found my love for pan and drums really quickly. I started to have drum lessons as well as quickly becoming a regular performer in the band. I am a Grade 8 drummer currently studying Music Performance at Newcastle College. I am training to become a music leader in the steelpan tuition team where I lead weekly steelpan classes and assist in leading workshops. I hope to continue to pursue a career as a professional musician.